19th Century Pudget Sound Berry Basket with Tumpline
L. 8½" : W. 10½" : H. 6⅜"
This is an oval fully imbricated 19th century berry basket with a tumpline woven on native cordage with cotton and red wool. The basket was cut down evenly a long time ago by its Indian owner, probably because of breaks along the original rim. It has four loops below the rim for attaching the tumpline. Three are old cotton cordage and the fourth is made of thick native tanned leather. The tumpline is worn but basically intact and the red wool on the wide band has had extensive moth damage. The shape and design on this basket would suggest that it is Nisqually or Puyallup but it has cherry bark in the imbrication which is more often seen in baskets from the Northern part of Puget Sound. This is a good basket for those who like 19th century basketry which have been used by their makers rather than made for sale.